ELOPEMENT. “How much is too much to trade for a promise of love,” asks The Elopement.

Hard to know what’s important when you’re young, rash, and convinced that there are only two options: them, or you. (Still writing on these themes in monthly eletters).


Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When my parents said “no” to my choice of a mate, just because he’s Japanese and not Indian or even Punjabi-American like me, I had to look into my heart and make a wrenching choice. Who’s life was it, anyways? I left my home state of North Carolina with an Aer Lingus ticket to southwest county Cork, where for the next four years, I could come face to face with lots of other, deeper, questions, like “Who am I, anyways?” Running off for a so-called faiytale by the sea didn’t exactly come hassle-free.

This book is the kickoff in the Kismuth series. It centers on the themes of love, hope, and promise, but also is tainted with the everpresent guilt a young woman feels when she defies her parents. Especially when they’re immigrants, and have a thing about “doing as you’re told.”

The book was featured on NPR WUNC’s “The State of Things,” and reviewed on the blogs Clarion Content and The Displaced Nation. A new story, Kanishka which centers on the events fifteen years prior to The Elopement but is set, also, in part in the same part of Ireland, too. “Kismuth” means “destiny.”


Dipika is a author who clearly has been writing for years. Her ability to illustrate a particular moment, object, or emotion is amazing. Her writing style is different than what I am accustomed to reading. Its almost poetic. As the reader you can expect to gain insight into the mind, heart and soul of a Woman who lives life passionately and purposely. Also, Dipika does a nice job at outlining the good and not so pretty reality of what it means to defy cultural norms.


Buy The Elopement (US $8.99) on Amazon Kindle. Or email dipika -at- orangutanswing -dot- com to order directly. Just say, “The Elopement, please” in the subject.